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2012 President Service Days

BASF invites lawyers and legal professionals to participate in our 2012 “Service Days.” The BASF Service Days are modeled on the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Day of Service,” which mobilizes people from all backgrounds to work together to solve our most pressing problems. BASF recognizes the generous spirit of our bar which is well reflected in its longstanding commitment to service. As the larger community around us continues to struggle in these difficult times, we ask for even greater service from our BASF family.

Please set aside just a few hours to make a difference on one or more of the following dates, the first of which will be held on the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, for these community-based BASF activities.


Medical-Legal Partnership - Volunteer Legal Services Program

Monday, January 16 | See photos from this event.

Volunteers served at the Southeast Health Center (SEHC) in Bayview Hunters Point, a chronically under-resourced community by delivering a range of life-sustaining healthcare and wellness support. Volunteers installed an edible garden to compliment the San Francisco Food Bank distribution pantry and low-maintenance landscaping to beautify the surrounding area and support a calm, comforting environment for patients .


Housing Negotiation Project (HNP) - Volunteer Legal Services Program

Thursday, April 19

Attorneys from Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein; Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger; Schneider, Wallace, Cottrell, Brayton, Konecky, and others provided counsel for unrepresented tenants facing eviction during their mandatory pre-trial settlement conferences as part of the Volunteer Legal Services Program’s (VLSP) Housing Negotiation Project. In the morning, volunteer attorneys received training in San Francisco landlord-tenant law and then represented 18 tenants in the afternoon at the San Francisco Superior Court. To participate in VLSP’s limited-scope Housing Negotiation Project, which occurs every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, please sign up for a free CLE training or email


Food from the Bar Campaign Service Day

Saturday, May 5 | See photos from this event.

Each spring BASF and the legal community partner with the San Francisco Food Bank to fight hunger through the Food from the Bar campaign. The campaign is the most successful fundraiser for the Food Bank annually. Service day activities included sorting through food donations, repacking bulk food items and stocking pantry shelves at the Food Bank.


Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) - Volunteer Legal Services Program: Clothing Drive| See photos from this event

Thursday, July 19

Volunteers had the opportunity to assist clients of VLSP's Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), which provides legal and advocacy services, with supporting social services, to the City's most vulnerable individuals and families. In addition to getting to know the HAP staff and clients, the Service Day focused on a clothing drive for HAP’s clients.

HAP is VLSP’s largest individual project, serving over 1500 clients per year through the work of staff attorneys, legal and SSI advocates, social workers, student interns, and volunteer legal and social service professionals.

To learn more about the HAP Clothing Drive, or additional pro bono opportunities with HAP, including the limited-scope Motion to Vacate Project, please email us at


School-To-College - College Application Assistance - Diversity Pipeline Service Day |

Tuesday, October 16 • 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Registration for this volunteer event is closed.

[The response to this event has been overwhelming and thank you to everyone who has volunteered.  We are currently at capacity with volunteers and recommend you contact VLSP for pro bono opportunities.  They can be reached at]

BASF’s School-To-College (STC) diversity program is a high school mentoring and tutoring curriculum that inspires underserved and ethnically diverse students to attend college. Assist Academy of Arts/Sciences High School students to complete an online college application, provide advice on writing personal statements and share your own college stories!